I was getting caught up on recent podcast episodes and heard the email at around 2:08:00 in episode 515, and did some digging on this old-ass piece of Canadian history.
Something neat that I wasn't aware of, was the OS for these computers was an early version of QNX, which was popularized as the OS for Blackberry phones as well as some embedded systems such as onboard car computers. The terminals had no local storage, and all connected to a central mainframe fileserver.
I remember using these computers in the early 90's (as I was born in 1987) and fondly remember a bunch of the games on the system. Some of them include:
Offshore Fishing - a fishing game where you navigate your boat to certain fishing spots, and use the trackball to raise/lower your fishing net to catch fish. There were many kinds of fish available to catch (the map tiles had different elements like depth/temperature) and different nets were better for certain types of fish. I'm not sure what triggered it, but every once and a while a shark would come through and break through your net. An old school yard rumour was that there was a way to catch the shark.
Math Ville - You start the game on foot, and travel to different buildings in the town. To progress in the game you had to solve basic math problems, most of them centered around figuring out change from purchases. As you got more points, you would get access to better modes of transportation (I recall skateboard, bike, car and helicopter)
Math Maze - The game is a D&D inspired maze game, where you 'fight' random enemy encounters by solving basic math problems (think simple addition/subtraction/division/multiplication). I recall that you would choose your character at the beginning (wizard, knight and thief IIRC).
There were also a variety of typing programs, one specifically I remember being hockey themed.
Something else I found in my search was that apparently the Personal Computer Museum in Brantford Ontario has a system up and running. I'm curious if anyone that lives nearby has been to this museum and seen the computer in action. I haven't been able to find many videos/images of the software running, would love to see it but I live about 10 hours away.
I'm curious as to how easy it would be to emulate one of these, since the architecture is x86 based and the OS is a unix-like system. Unfortunately I don't know anything about hardware emulation.
Does anyone else have fond memories of these beasts?